Well that didn’t take long.
Just two days after shipping power-hungry coach Jason Kidd to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets found a new man to lead their team: Lionel Hollins.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Hollins and the Nets are in the advanced stages of contract negotiations, and that it’s only a matter of time until Hollins is officially named Brooklyn’s next coach. Stein say Hollins will receive in excess of $4 million per season as the Nets leader.
Hollins was rumored to be the leading candidate to replace Kidd ever since he was dealt on Monday, and those rumors proved true.
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Hollins, 60, last coached for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2012-2013 NBA season. He led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals that year, but was fired during the offseason due to a fallout with management. The Grizzlies 56-26 record during his final year is the best mark the franchise has ever posted.
Hollins’ career record is 214-201 in the regular season and 18-17 in the playoffs.